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The much anticipated Christmas display at City Hall is making a shift to downtown this year.

Marguerite Kempin, the City Bylaw Enforcement Officer, has been building the display at City Hall each year, but has decided to expand the display to the former Liquidation World-Extra Foods building.

Kempin is setting up the massive display this week and will have it up and running into the first week of January.

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While Merritt opted out of taking part in the specified area taxation proposal recently put forward by Gold Country, there's still hope for a future agreement.

Gold Country past president Ida Makaro says it was voted on at last week's TNRD meeting in Kamloops.

Under the current agreement Merritt is a member until the end of 2011.

The new taxation system will see rates increase considerably, something that has Merritt City Council coming to terms with.

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The past president of Gold Country is hoping Merritt will remain a member after the current membership expires in about a year's time.

Ida Makaro is hoping Merritt and Gold Country can work to negotiate some kind of agreement.

Makaro says the specified area taxation will give Gold Country approximately $70,000 in 2012.

She says they've been operating on a $60,000 budget and is hoping contracts will be negotiated with members in Lillooet, Logan Lake and Merritt to bring them back on board.

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When Gold Country lost a major source of funding from TNRD, it started looking at it's member communities for the funding.

Merritt City Councillor Nadia Clarke says Merritt's membership costs would escalate by about 90%.

Councillor Clarke say tourism is already being handled by the Merritt Marketing Group.

Whether the City will renew it's membership in Gold Countries remains to be seen.

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The Merritt Tracker Sportswear Midget Reps beat Summerland 6-0 yesterday and Osoyoos 10-4 on Saturday to move into first place in the OMAHA Tier 3 Division.

The Merritt Atom Development Centennials topped Penticton 7-5 yesterday at the Shulus Arena.

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